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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Monday, February 29. 2016
When I Seafood, I Eat It
Capture, Slaughter of Yellowstone Bison Roils Big Sky Country
Bison are not really mountain critters
Annals of Salt: Nanny de Blasio embraces the worst of Bloomberg
San Francisco Wants Homeless to Leave Tent Camp, but Some Vow to Fight
The Status Quo City - Celebrated for its openness, San Francisco has a hard time with change.
Does Mass Transit Actually Save Energy? Maybe Not!
Albany Hate Hoaxers Face Charges
Hate Crime Is Almost Nonexistent
Albany Hate Hoaxers Face Charges
Hollywood Celebs Wear Anti-Gun Bracelets at Oscars While SURROUNDED BY MEN WITH GUNS
Keynesian Skeptics Ask "Can Binge Drinking Really Cure Alcoholism?"
West Philly: 30 Blocks of Democrat Governance
How Dynasties Sank the GOP and the Democrats
The effect race could have on the race
Decency for President
The New York Times Accurately Portrays Hillary Clinton as an Unrepentant Warmonger - Who will call her on it?
Press Forbidden from Filming Hillary Boarding Private Plane
No photos of her from behind
When Bernie Sanders Thought Castro And The Sandinistas Could Teach America A Lesson
Treasury Dept. Plays Tricks with Puerto Rico Debt
Why nobody believes China's econ numbers
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The performance of 'K Street", as represented by the DNC & RNC has been bizarre. Interesting that neither party was able to recognize the yellow flashing light represented by Bernie and the Donald, or they thought they could deflect it with money.
I am secretly gleeful over the failure of money, and the failure of the tried and true tactics, as in sneaky and underhanded, that worked so well in the past. Watch them do more of the same.
As for Trump, you would think that by now that the RNC would have pulled their collective heads out, stood up, and realized that "yuuure soo stuuupid.......", has bee counterproductive. They could have co-opted his message, early on but were too stuck in their belief that all the regular everyday folks would just roll over, whizz in the air and submit to being sold out to the Davos caste.
Re the 'Yuuure soo stuuupid' stuff - I'm seeing a LOT of that with true believers on the so-called 'Conservative' side. It's not enough to be indifferent about Trump, you have to be actively against him and spouting your hate or you're called a TrumpHumper.
Yeah, isn't THAT persuasive. But it satisfies their need to slam the unbelievers, I guess.
I wonder how much longer until they start with a Two-Minute Hate, with Trump instead of Goldstein as the central figure?
"The New York Times Accurately Portrays Hillary Clinton as an Unrepentant Warmonger" - Who will call her on it?
She needed a "signature achievement". What a tragic, selfish blunder. And the video of her bragging. Gross. It would be a heck of a soundtrack for video of the Christians being marched out to be beheaded by ISIS on the beach.
To me, Trump University was a recognizable money pit. Just like all of those empowerment seminars that people line up to attend. But we will see what goes down with the trial. How involved was Trump?
And honestly, the first claim in the article...that is wasn't really a university. Well, DUH. I can turn to any number of things that use the word 'university,' but aren't actually centers of learning with professors, buildings, dorms.
The whole article actually frees Trump from any direct connection to scamming. He also may have been taken by the company running the program. But I suppose then that will be used against Trump to say he was 'stupid' for falling for such a ruse.
Sounds like it was a bad choice to select this company to run Trump University. Sounds like they sold him on the idea, and he signed up. He didn't have any direct connection to signing up people, writing course material, or taking people's money.
It really is the company that ran the program that is in trouble, not Trump.
"The first time I saw a buffalo I cried," said Stephany Seay of the nonprofit Buffalo Field Campaign, which has been fighting the culling and slaughter of the Yellowstone bison for 19 years. "... They're hugely charismatic. I sometimes compare it to seeing a unicorn. You never get used to it."
Um...I would get used to it pretty quick. There are thousands of them in Yellowstone. And hundreds on private ranches. To my knowledge there are no unicorns anywhere. Terrible example, Stephany.
When considering Hillary, please remember this:
GIRLS = GOV'T
Probably for the rest of us too - and I didn't really want one.
"The closer you look at this, it's an issue about the grass and who gets to eat it and it's the livestock industry calling the shots," she said.
"There is no such thing as surplus wildlife and surplus bison," she said. "The buffalo are a keystone species that evolved on this landscape. They are the grass and the grass is them."
Why is it ok for the bison to eat the grass, but not the cattle?
Does this woman think beef comes from the grocery store?
And those bleeding heart whiners who never raised livestock in their lives who bleet about the cruelty of raising 'feedlot' cattle are generally the same ones who want cattle to roam and eat grass as they were meant (which takes significantly longer to get to butcher weight- think in terms of years, not months) yet don't want ranchers to have use the land, even public lands they put significant money, hard work and time in the way of improvements, irrigation, water supply, drainage and removing invasive species. And they use rotational leaving grass undisturbed so it can grow back. Are those ladies going to go out and move those "wild" bison around ? Or let them overpopulate and eat ALL the grass ?
Ranchers and farmers already have to bear the burden of higher property taxes for the large amount of land use they require as the numbers of actually working farms has dwindled, while the majority of people contribute zero toil to their food requirements, yet think they should have the sole voice in how land is used.
I could see the overpopulation of bison in the same light as overpopulation of deer and bear in the anti-hunting state of NJ. Car accidents (where the human also ends dead as bison weigh significantly more than deer) and disease to herds as well as related species. Bear fighting in people's backyards while they search through garbage bins and family pets being snacks. The protected elk in W. PA also make it impossible for residents to even have gardens unless they have 12' fences. Even those are culled yearly to keep numbers in a certain range.
Actions have consequences.
"To my knowledge there are no unicorns anywhere."
Because - as you'll no doubt recall - those mean ol' knights and barons and such hunted them to extinction in the days of King Arthur.
Yellowstone area bison are a constant source of Bangs disease that can be passed to cattle herds. There have been numerous instances of bison infecting ranch herds and wild bison on government land are not that well managed to prevent these infections. Bangs is also passed through wild elk herds. Private bison herds on ranch lands are much better managed and even tested for bangs disease with diseased animals culled from the herd. All dairy herds are similarly tested as bangs can be passed through milk.
Hate Crime Is Almost Nonexistent
The proximate victim is not the only victim. The effect of hate crimes is to sow fear in a community.